A MISSING man from Winsford has been found and taken to hospital after a helicopter search.

The alarm was raised shortly after 3.30am this morning.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: "Officers along with support from the police helicopter conducted a number of searches for the man.

"He was located a few hours later in the River Weaver Winsford area and was taken to hospital by ambulance."

Many residents said they were woken up by the helicopter hovering above their homes.